SBW helps preserve and protect unique farming collection

Cae Hen Farm is home to a unique collection of Welsh rural artefacts, writes Social Business Wales Advisor Mike Williams. The enthusiasts who look after it wanted to display and share the collection and approached Social Business Wales for help in setting up a heritage centre.

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Why it’s important

Cae Hen, near Abergele, is home to the largest collection of horse-drawn vehicles, farming implements and other rural artefacts in Wales. It offers a fantastic insight into a bygone era and the volunteers who’ve lovingly restored each item wanted to ensure that it would be protected and preserved for future generations. The group had ambitions to create a museum to share this valuable piece of social history, providing opportunities to schoolchildren and the public to learn about local farming culture. They approached Social Business Wales for help in the very early stages to get things off to a strong start.

How we helped

It might sound dull, but the legal structure chosen by a fledgling social enterprise can have long lasting tax and legal consequences, so it is important to get it right. Fortunately, the SBW team was able to give the enthusiasts advice to help them choose the most appropriate structure and support them with incorporation.

In the course of the discussions with SBW, the group were also able to talk through their plans and gain a clearer vision for the future, and the steps they needed to take to realise their ambitions.

Impact of our support

The legal incorporation process is now underway, creating a solid foundation for the new entity. The group themselves can take the next steps in their journey with clarity, certainty and shared purpose.

Social Business Wales is funded by the European Regional Development Fund through Welsh Government and is delivered by the Wales Co-operative Centre.

Mike Williams is the Social Business Wales business advisor for Gwynedd, Conwy and Anglesey

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